Excerpt: Moon Diver is built to devastate. The game begins in a flash, letting players choose between four different warriors with indistinguishable names and slightly different levels of mana, power, and health. You have the red guy, the blue woman, the green dude, and the yellow kid. It’s Ronin Warriors. It’s Power Rangers. Pick your favorite color and go. The plot, if there is one, is indecipherable.
Excerpt: Date: 2/28/2007 Alien Shooter Vengeance pretty much sums up its gameplay in its title; you shoot aliens, and lots of them. The game is a bit of a throwback in that it has a 90s three-quarters top-down view perspective on the strictly 2D action. The game itself is even a mix of 90s style action-RPG gameplay melded with elements of turn-based tactical strategy games – think Diablo meets Fallout Tactics and you’ll get the picture.
Conclusion: Alien Shooter: Vengeance doesn’t do anything new, however for a budget title it still is a fun, intense, if not mindless, game to play. And honestly there is little to complain about. There is a certain satisfaction that comes with mowing down legions of snarling, bloodthirsty aliens. And for that, we can excuse it for borrowing certain game play elements.
Excerpt: There's something to be said for death animations. The physics revolution has changed the way gamers think about murdering everything from limo drivers to alien shock troops to giant robots. Nowadays when gamers shoot the last bit of health out of their opposition they expect to watch them slump to the ground or fly off into the distance, depending on the caliber of gun they were using.
Excerpt: Developed by Sigma Team, Alien Shooter: Vengeance is a third-person shooter that drops you into an expansive sci-fi world of classic hack 'n slash gameplay. The story itself is pretty bare-bones. It's the postapocalyptic future and you're working as a mercenary for the MAGMA Energy Corporation. Owful and dangerous experiments were held there and now they are beyond control.
Excerpt: With a name like Alien Shooter: Vengeance, you pretty much know what you are going to get. If you started playing and thought you were in for a puzzle game, well, then you might be a little bit off the mark. Unlike most Shooters that take place in fully 3D environments, Alien Shooter takes us back to the days of yesteryear, when side scrollers were all the rage.
Excerpt: As any PC gamer knows, there certainly isn’t a lack of shooter games. Among this crowded marketplace full of these types of games comes Alien Shooter: Vengeance. We’ll give you one guess what this game is about. (Hint: It’s about aliens and it’s about shooting.) This is the third in the series from Sigma Team, and it continues its heritage of being a little on the low tech side of games. Can a game like this make it in the world of high-end PC titles?
Summary: Painfully generic name notwithstanding, Alien Shooter: Vengeance is no Brand X game. That title is both blah and misleading, as this Sigma Team effort is actually a gung-ho retro take on the action-packed isometric shooter genre that had a brief moment in the sun about a decade ago, not the second-rate FPS that the box cover implies.
Pros: Great pace and intense action, Nicely revives a long-dead genre, Fantastic retro feel for nostalgia buffs
Cons: One-note shooter, Maybe a bit too self-consciously retro for some
Excerpt: The air in California tastes like death. Blood’s coppery odor tickles your nostrils and taste buds, caresses your nasal passages. Your skin is clammy. Each breath is a ragged gasp, each blink a risk because for that millisecond your eyes are closed, you’re not alert. When you’re not alert in California, you’re dead.